Happy, happy Easter everyone! Today is the most joyous celebration we get to partake in - the celebration of Christ being raised from the dead! In other words, this is a celebration of our new life through our best friend Jesus' death and resurrection. Basically, it's time to get hype! If you ladies out there haven’t read the book of Esther before, I would strongly recommend. The position of power that God puts Esther in is astounding!
If you aren’t familiar with the story, a Persian King Xerxes’ wife falls out of favor with him, so he appoints a new one, whose name is Esther, who was a Jew. The king’s chief advisor, Haman, was snuffed by a Jewish man named Mordecai, who also happened to be Esther’s uncle. As a result of Mordecai’s refusal to acknowledge Haman’s rank, Haman develops a vendetta against all Jews, and sends an edict to the kingdom dictating that all Jews will be killed. In order to prevent that from happening, Esther intercedes with the King, and risks her life in the process. The courage Esther displayed by saying yes to God was all he needed to bring massive change the kingdom, which essentially resulted in Mordecai’s appointment to the position of chief advisor to the king, the death of all the Jew’s enemies, and celebration among Jews that was so great a holiday was declared.
The story is actually quite comical in some places, because we can see just how thoroughly God defeats the enemy of his people (which, ps, we are his people). In this story Haman, called the enemy of the Jews, is completely destroyed because he attempted to destroy the Almighty God’s chosen people. And, even more comical, is Haman's belief that he was untouchable because he was chief advisor to an earthly king. How small minded! And yet, how often do I get caught up in earthly views - a whole lot more than I should.
And do you know what tool God used to spark the complete and utter destruction of his enemy? A woman. All he needed was an obedient woman to restore and usher life into an entire kingdom. All that’s keeping us women (and even you men) from bringing life to an entire kingdom is simple obedience to him. How amazing!
Esther is such a wonderful example to all of us that God works in incredible and sovereign ways, and is not bound by the law s of this world. He reaches far beyond our imagination, because he created our imagination. Esther expected to die when she stepped into the presence of the king on behalf of her people. She even said, "If I perish, I perish (Esther 4:16)." What a profound statement from a woman of God - she was so willing to do God's will that she was willing to confront a, likely painful, death. We can see that she was scared, but that did not diminish her courage. How beautiful her faith was.
Each of you has the ability to tap into such a courage. This courage is found when we know the true heart and character of God, which is the basis of our goal as Christians. And, truly, there is no greater joy on Earth than learning more about our Heavenly Father, especially through Christ.
Have a beautiful, blessed Easter!
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